Round 11 of the AMA National Motocross Championships at Steel City. It’s down to the finale next weekend for the MX Championship between series points leader and Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto v. defending MX Champion and 2010 Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey. Ryan Villopoto won both motos today, Dungey second in both motos. Villopoto has 14 point lead as they head to Pala for final round. Dean Wilson sweeps both motos, and is crowned 2011 AMA National Motocross Champion in the 250 MX Lites class!
The facility here at Steel City reminds us a little bit of the facility last week in Southwick, in that the promoter continually makes improvements to an already nice facility. The weather this morning has been perfect – sunny and warm, and somewhat humid.
In timed practice for Motocross Class the top two competitors in the series have the top two quickest lap times! Ryan Villopoto on top with 2 minutes 25 seconds, and Ryan Dungey next at 2 minutes 28 seconds. Last week’s winner, Brett Metcalfe was third with 2 minutes 29 seconds. Fourth thru tenth out of the 82 racers attempting to race – Nico Izzi (yes, riding a 450 Yamaha), Justin Barcia, Chad Reed, Mike Alessi, Les Smith, Jake Weimer, and Justin Brayton.
The 250 MX Lites timed practice lap times have series points leader Dean Wilson on top with 2 minutes 30 seconds. World MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin is second with 2 minutes 31 seconds. Then Martin Davalos, Kyle Cunningham, Jason Anderson, Tyla Rattray, Malcolm Stewart, West Region Supercross Champ Broc Tickle, Ryan Sipes and Eli Tomac round out the top ten (of 71 riders).
Motocross Class Moto 1
First lap sees Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, and Justin Barcia up front. At the end of the first lap, the leader is Ryan Dungey. Ryan Villopoto is second, and Justin Barcia is third.
It’s the top two guys in the championship battling up front – Ryan Dungey number 1 Suzuki and Ryan Villopoto number 2 Kawasaki. As lap five gets going, Justin Barcia is third already ten seconds behind the front two, last week’s winner Brett Metcalfe is fourth, Chad Reed fifth, Jake Weimer sixth.
The track is starting to dry out in some areas, making it a bit slick and hard pack. Some areas are still a bit wet and rutted, like a few corners. This track has a lot of nice, big jumps. At the halfway point of this 30 minute plus two lap race, Ryan Dungey is still out front, leading Ryan Villopoto in second. That’s about all that matters right now as far as the series championship.
Third thru tenth – Barcia, Metcalfe, Reed, Weimer, J Brayton, M Alessi, Kyle Regal, and L Smith.
Dungey is still leading, Villopoto chasing. As the track is drying out, traction control and smoothness is key. And Villopoto is closing the gap on Dungey.
It’s fitting that the two top riders in the championship chase are running in the top two positions in this race. Two laps to go, and Dungey is leading Villopoto … by less than one second.
This is an unbelievable race. Dungey has lead the entire race over Villopoto … and they are now running into lappers. On the last lap, on the last corner (before the checkered flag jump), Villopoto passes Dungey and wins the moto! Ryan Dungey right behind in second! Villopoto now has an 11 point lead over Dungey with three motos left to run in the 2011 season!
Third thru tenth in this moto – Metcalfe, Barcia, Reed, Weimer, Brayton, M Alessi, K Regal and new Troy Lee team member Colton Facciotti.
250 MX Lites Class Moto 1
Series points leader, and heading towards his first AMA 250 MX Lites Championship, it’s number 15 on the green Kawasaki with the red number plates – Dean Wilson with the lead.
After they settle, lap three has Dean Wilson leading ‘rookie’ Justin Bogle. Third is Ryan Sipes, then Eli Tomac, James DeCotis, Tyla Rattray, Marvin Musquin, Malcolm Stewart, Nick Paluzzi, Gareth Swanepoel and Blake Baggett.
It’s hot, humid, and sunny here in Pennsylvania. Although water was put onto the track after the first moto, it’s still hard pack and slick – throttle control to minimize wheelspin is super important. Halfway thru this race, Dean Wilson is still out front. And Justin Bogle is still second. Third is Eli Tomac, then Ryan Sipes, Marvin Musquin, Tyla Rattray, Blake Baggett, Malcolm Stewart, Gareth Swanepoel, and Nick Paluzzi.
As this race progresses, Dean Wilson is leading on lap ten, Eli Tomac has moved into second. Justin Bogle third. Marvin Musquin into fourth, then Tyla Rattray, and Blake Baggett.
Marvin Musquin is heading towards his first podium finish of the year. He keeps moving up thru the pack, and is now in third. Well deserved for the hard-working Frenchman and his team. So, running order with two laps to go – Dean Wilson, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Tyla Rattray, Blake Baggett, Justin Bogle, Gareth Swanepoel, Malcolm Stewart.
Dean Wilson has won this 14 lap race, and moves ever-closer to winning his first National Championship. Eli Tomac finishes second, and Marvin Musquin takes third in this race. Fourth thru tenth – Tyla Rattray, Blake Baggett, Justin Bogle, Gareth Swanepoel, Malcolm Stewart, Darryn Durham, and Alex Martin.
Motocross Class Moto 2
Up front, again, it’s the big guns of the sport in the USA. Supercross Champion and current points leader Ryan Villopoto. Former MX and Supercross Champ Chad Reed. And former Supercross Champion and trying to defeind his 2010 AMA Motocross Championship – Ryan Dungey.
On lap four, Dungey moves past Reed and into second position. Villopoto leading Dungey now by a big gap – 15 seconds. Can Dungey close and try to see what racing lines on the track Villopoto is taking? The top ten now – RV, Dungey, Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Mike Alessi, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, Justin Barcia, Nico Izzi, and Kyle Chisholm.
In outdoor motocross, physical conditioning always comes into play. Especially at this elite level. But even more so today. It’s hot (91 degrees), and with the humidity and heat index it feels like 100 degrees easily.
Ryan Villopoto is consistently putting down the quickest lap times, and pulling away from Dungey. Villpoto has a 16 second lead on lap ten. Reed is third, Metcalfe is fourth.
Ryan Villopoto is looking like he’s heading to a double-moto sweep. If positions stay the same, RV will pick another three points on Dungey, and leave PA with a 14 point lead over Dungey heading into Pala next Saturday. Villopoto now has an almost 20 second lead over second place Dungey. And Dungey leads Chad Reed in third by a huge gap as well.
Ryan Villopoto wins this 15 lap race – dominantly. He sweeps both motos, making him the overall victor as well. More importantly, Ryan has extended his series points lead with just one race remaining in this series. Should Ryan V win the Motocross Class Championship title next weekend, he certainly will be the dominant rider in the USA for 2011, having also won the 2011 AMA Supercross Series title. (You can review the entire Supercross season here.)
Second thru tenth in this race – Dungey, Reed, Metcalfe, M Alessi, Weimer, Brayton, K Regal, Michael Byrne, and Nick Wey.
250 MX Lites Class Moto 2
Once again, it’s the same three riders up front – it’s Eli Tomac with the early lead, Dean Wilson a close second, and Marvin Musquin in third position.
It is possible that if Dean Wilson put enough positions between himself and Tyla Rattray, Dean would win the 2011 AMA 250 MX Lites National Motocross Championship today, with one round remaining in the series. And although Dean could win the overall today, he’s definitely won the championship by having great consistency during the entire season.
After five laps of this race, Tomac is leading Wilson by just over one second. Marvin Musquin is about 12 seconds behind Wilson. Then it’s Tyla Rattray, Alex Martin, Justin Bogle, Kyle Cunningham, Martin Davalos, Broc Tickle, and Gareth Swanepoel rounding out the top ten.
On lap six, Dean Wilson takes over the lead. He’s going after the two moto sweep, and a potential National Championship. Tomac now second, Marvin Musquin third. He’s followed by Tyla Rattray, Alex Martin, Justin Bogle, Martin Davalos, Broc Tickle, Gareth Swanepoel, and Kyle Cunningham.
10 laps in – Dean Wilson is out front. He leads second place Eli Tomac by eight seconds. Third place is Marvin Musquin. Fourth is Tyla Rattray.
If positions stay the same, Dean Wilson will be crowned 250 National Champion today. He’ll have added 50 points (two motos wins) to his season total, while teammate Rattray added 36 (two fourth places finishes). And Marvin Musquin, with his two third place finishes, will be on the podium for the first time ever in his American career. Besides Team USA at the Motocross of Nations coming up in France, you’ll also see Dean, Tyla, and Marvin racing for their respective home countries.
Dean Wilson has won this 14 lap moto, takes a two moto race sweep and the overall victory. And with that victory – congratulations to Dean Wilson – 2011 AMA 250 MX Lites National Motocross Champion!
In this moto, second thru tenth – Tomac, Musquin, Rattray, Tickle, Swanepoel, A Martin, B Baggett, M Davalos, and Justin Bogle.
Courtesy MXSports, quote from Dean Wilson: This is the greatest day to me. I went to sleep when I was young dreaming about winning an outdoor championship. Now, it’s a dream come true. I was feeling really good today. In the first moto, I got the holeshot, and in the second moto, I didn’t get a good start, but I got lucky and found a hole that helped me pass a lot of people. It’s just the greatest feeling. I went by the pits and saw on my pit board that I was the 2011 MX Champion, and it gave me goose bumps. I just went out there and rode the way I know how to. I actually didn’t want to win it this weekend, because my parents aren’t here to share it with me.
Season ending finale next Saturday at Pala Raceway in northern San Diego. Be there!
Motocross Class Results
- Ryan Villopoto – KAW – 1/1
- Ryan Dungey – SUZ – 2/2
- Brett Metcalfe – SUZ – 3/4
- Chad Reed – HON – 5/3
- Jake Weimer – KAW – 6/6
- Mike Alessi – KTM – 8/5
- Justin Brayton – YAM – 7/7
- Kyle Regal – 9/8
- Nick Wey – YAM – 11/10
- Michael Byrne – SUZ – 13/9
- Kyle Chisholm – YAM – 12/11
- Colton Facciotti – HON – 10/13
- Justin Barcia – HON – 4/31
- Les Smith – YAM – 14/14
- Tye Simmonds – KTM – 15/16
- Vince Friese – YAM – 17/15
- Ben LaMay – YAM – 36/12
- Jimmy Albertson – YAM – 16/38
- AJ Catanzaro – YAM – 21/17
- Heath Harrison – HON – 29/18
Motocross Class Point Standings
- Ryan Villopoto – 481
- Ryan Dungey – 467
- Chad Reed – 402
- Brett Metcalfe – 342
- Mike Alessi – 272
- Jake Weimer – 251
- Andrew Short – 196
- Kevin Windham – 193
- Justin Brayton – 191
- Davi Millsaps – 173
- Nick Wey – 164
- Michael Byrne – 154
- Ricky Dietrich – 133
- Tommy Hahn – 114
- Christian Craig – 113
- Tye Simmonds – 105
- Jimmy Albertson – 92
- Justin Barcia – 83
- Ben LaMay – 81
- Les Smith – 76
250 Class Results
- Dean Wilson – KAW – 1/1
- Eli Tomac – HON – 2/2
- Marvin Musquin – KTM – 3/3
- Tyla Rattray – KAW – 4/4
- Gareth Swanepoel – YAM – 7/6
- Blake Baggett – KAW – 5/8
- Justin Bogle – HON – 6/10
- Alex Martin – HON – 10/7
- Martin Davalos – SUZ – 11/9
- Malcolm Stewart – SUZ – 8/14
- Kyle Cunningham – YAM – 12/11
- Broc Tickle – KAW – 37/5
- Jason Anderson – SUZ – 15/13
- Gannon Audette – YAM – 13/17
- Darryn Durham – HON – 9/35
- Ryan Morais – SUZ – 38/12
- Lance Vincent – HON – 14/31
- Austin Howell – SUZ – 40/15
- Chris Plouffe – KTM – 30/16
- Kyle Peters – YAM – 16/24
250 Lites MX Class Point Standings
- Dean Wilson – 488
- Tyla Rattray – 436
- Blake Baggett – 427
- Eli Tomac – 290
- Kyle Cunningham – 283
- Gareth Swanepoel – 270
- Broc Tickle – 236
- Martin Davalos – 197
- Alex Martin – 195
- Justin Barcia – 181
- Darryn Durham – 181
- Malcolm Stewart – 177
- Cole Seely – 154
- Gannon Audette – 153
- Marvin Musquin – 108
- Jason Anderson – 103
- Nick Paluzzi – 101
- Travis Baker – 98
- Nico Izzi – 91
- Ryan Sipes – 80
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